2018 Farmhand Crop: Josh Breaux

Yankees 2nd round pick out of McLennan CC in Texas. Was #1 rated JUCO prospect heading into the draft. Was a C/RP in JUCO. From the video I watched, he’s a more intriguing pitcher than hitter! But the Yankees are using him solely as a catcher at this point. I have real concerns about his hit tool, and I think his chances of sticking behind the dish are just average. The strength is there, the game power is not. If you’re looking at catchers, there are some others I’d rather have.

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2018 Farmhand Crop: Nick Madrigal

4th overall pick out of Oregon State after his Junior year, signed at slot value by White Sox. Probably gifted with the best hit tool in the 2018 first year player class. He’s small, and he might not ever hit for power. He’s displayed none in his professional career thus far. Still, even without power, he will be a valuable real-life and fantasy contributor driven by his double-plus hit tool and all-around solid game. More valuable in AVG leagues than OBP leagues.

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2018 Farmhand Crop: Jeremiah Jackson

2nd-round prep choice out of Mobile, AL. Hail State commit who decided to go pro. Power/speed profile is intriguing. Athletic player with good IQ for the game. Shows good strength, at least pull-side pop with more to dram on. Efficient base-stealer who should continue to pick up SBs even if he loses a little speed when he fills out. Hit tool is a work in progress. Started wearing glasses this year, maybe that helps? High risk/high upside player.

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2018 Farmhand Crop: Ryan Jeffers

The Twins 2nd round pick after his Junior year at UNC-Wilmington, signed below slot at $800k. I like his short, powerful swing from the right hand side. Hit for a bunch of power in college and it’s translating to pro ball so far. Twins seem committed to letting him stay at catcher, and he’s probably got the arm to do it. If you don’t mind drafting catchers, Jeffers is a solid pick.

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2018 Farmhand Crop: Blaze Alexander

Prep bat that was an 11th round pick of the D’backs, but signed above slot. Fell to the 11th due to questions about signability. South Carolina commit. His excellent defense and arm strength will likely get him a shot at the MLB level. His hit and power tools don’t look like they are going to be MLB caliber at this juncture, but he’s young and athletic and still might figure out that part of the game. Speed is intriguing and probably better than what he’s been scouted at.

Upside: .250/.310/.400, 12 HR/15 SB, defense-first everyday SS, fantasy depth player

Downside: .220/.280/.350, 5 HR/10 SB, MLB level defensive replacement, no fantasy value

ETA: 2022

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2018 Prospect Crop: Brock Deatherage

Detroit’s deep sleeper was picked in the 10th round of the 2018 draft. Opened up his pro career by hitting 4 HR in 2 days in the GCL. Dripping with athleticism, and has plus speed and arm. His swing is messy. He will struggle to hit for average as he works his way up the ladder. Has natural power, and he’s strong enough now to drive an outside FB to the opposite field for a HR. But his swing will likely prevent him from realizing the power potential. If you draft Deatherage, you’re banking on him being a good enough athlete to figure it all out.

Upside: .250/.300/.450, 18 HR, 35 SB, defense-first OF, could work as your 5th fantasy outfielder or SB specialist

Downside: AAA-ceiling. No fantasy value.

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2018 Prospect Crop: Kyle Isbel

KC’s 3rd round pick out of UNLV following his junior year. He’s got the glove to play any OF position, but could also see some time at 2B, which actually helps his fantasy value. He’s a bulldog, who might always wind up outperforming his tools. Good power for his build, patient plate approach, makes solid contact. Has been a terror on the basepaths so far in professional ball, but look for his speed to regress as he advances. There’s always room in real life and on your fantasy squad for a good ballplayer like Isbel.

Upside: .280/.360/.450, 15HR/20SB, OF/2B Eligible Regular Player

Downside: Organizational depth utility-man, no fantasy relevance

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2018 Farmhand Crop: Tristan Pompey

The younger brother of erstwhile prospect Dalton Pompey, Tristan Pompey was Miami’s 3rd round pick after his junior year at the University of Kentucky. Marlins have pushed him up to A-Advanced ball already. Athletic/toolsy switch-hitting OF with a great frame and good feel for hitting from both sides of the plate. He has yet to show that he can hit for power using wood bats, and his natural speed has yet to translate into an in-game weapon. More valuable in OBP leagues. Athletic enough to stick in the OF even though he’s likely to shift away from CF.

Upside: Everyday OF, .260/.340/.460, 15 HR/15 SB, useful 5th fantasy OF

Downside: Athletic Quad-A OF depth, no fantasy value

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The Next Phenom (Vol. 2): Cristian Pache

nce my last post on Wander Franco was received way better than I ever could’ve hoped I decided to try my hand again at this prospect analysis thing again. I’ve decided to target high risk but high reward prospects in my analysis because guys who are already in AA or above are generally well-known throughout the prospect community and don’t really need to be written about anymore. Next guy on my list is Cristian Pache outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. Pache signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015 for a $1.5 Million signing bonus. He is currently 19 years old playing for the A+ Braves’ affiliate the Florida Fire Frogs. He is a player that I pinpointed in my recent prospect draft in my flair league and think he’s a guy that most people in Dynasty or Keeper formats that put an emphasis on prospects should put on their list to acquire.

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